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Kingscliff locals concerned over proposal to remove trees at Merve Edwards Fields for AFL

The potential of removing trees from the Merve Edwards Fields site at Kingscliff to accommodate the Kingscliff Junior AFL Club has raised concerns of locals and neighbours who say that this is not a proposal they support. 

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Council staff to look at limiting bulk and scale in Wategos  

A motion by Cr Sarah Ndiaye (Greens) to amend the LEP to reduce the building height limits in the Wategos residential area from 9m to 8m was unsuccessful at last Thursday’s Council meeting. 

‘Byron Independents’ ticket announced

Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon has announced his running mates for the upcoming local government elections. Cr Lyon will again contest the mayoralty, with Dr Meredith Wray, Cr Mark Swivel and former Councillor Jeannette Martin in the group.

Ballina adopts Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan

After an hour's debate, Ballina Shire Council voted to adopt its own Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan at its last meeting.

Mullum SEED Eco Hub gets $600k

A $600,000 federal grant for the community facilities at the Mullumbimby Sustainability Education and Enterprise Development Inc will see new facilities developed.

Ballina snooker tournament packed with quality competitors

The Southern Cross Classic 2024 annual snooker tournament will be held over the long weekend in June and it has attracted a full house of 48 entrants.

First observations of meltwater eating away at Antarctic ice shelves

Scientists who have witnessed Antarctic ice shelf decay are escalating concerns that rising air temperatures will push these frozen masses to unprecedented fractures.

I was disappointed in the negative and rather hostile letter from Chai Hicks re Federal and our endeavours to buy the Federal Church. I recall the meeting with the Cornucopia Muse group and Ms Hicks recollection is different to mine.

Yes we did oppose the development as it was presented in Ms Hicks letter. We did not reject the sustainable housing aspect but rather the impact the commercial component would have had on our village. Yes we want to preserve the village atmosphere and yes we are very glad our shop is now open again.

The thing that disturbed me about this project: it seemed to be looking like a gated community. Open space is a premium and the project that was envisaged would have changed the whole atmosphere of the village environment.

I would welcome people any time to live in this part of the world and also to appreciate and value what we have that is unique.

We are buying the church because of its historic importance to the village of Federal. Pioneers who came here over 100 years ago raised the funds and built the church. It has been a place of worship, family weddings, funerals etc for many of the existing families in Federal and surrounding hinterland. This is worth preserving.

Over much of Australia small villages are losing their identity and the Federal community has stepped up to make sure this will not happen here.

History is valuable and needs to be recorded. The Federal church is one such building that links the past to the present – and to our future. Rather than be exclusive we are asking people to become part of this venture and embrace the efforts of those before us and those working together today.

Rhonda Ansiewicz, Federal


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Ballina Council to look into making tiny homes accessible 

The idea of living in a tiny home can seem like a simple solution to our housing crisis – but getting council approvals for a permanent tiny home on private land can be challenging. 

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A motion by Cr Sarah Ndiaye (Greens) to amend the LEP to reduce the building height limits in the Wategos residential area from 9m to 8m was unsuccessful at last Thursday’s Council meeting. 

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